NYC Mayoral Speeches : Summary & Analysis 2

Bill De Blasio starts off his victory speech in his hometown of Brooklyn, (Gowanus, Brooklyn to be exact). He first thanks everyone who has helped him through his campaign journey and he also thanks his family. He states every child’s opportunity is to reach their god given potential and what they achieve will change the policies that left behind so many of our own New Yorkers. He says big change isn’t easy but, thinking big to us New Yorkers isn’t anything new. Its at the foundation of who we are and where we’ve always been. We can’t and won’t settle for the existing state of affairs, we are going to go bigger. Also, luxury condos will not take over community hospitals under his oath as mayor.

Joe Lhota and his family are live from Midtown, Manhattan with his victory speech. He starts off by thanking his voters at home along with his friends throughout the campaign and his family. The first step if he becomes mayor will be to continue a strong future for our city. He wants the republican party to come together and unite for the common good. His goals are to fix the issues that matters to New Yorkers and how the mayor can best serve the people of the city. He has conducted his campaign with integrity, honesty and substance and now it is time to unify and prepare for victory in November.

I believe that Bill De Blasio’s speech was more in touch and for the New Yorkers. He stated more of how he is going to help the people of the city rather than stating things he wants to do for the city. His commemoration to 9/11 was touching and he showed empathy towards the people of New York by thanking them for everyone who helped during 9/11. (9:16) Also, by him talking about 9/11 it made his speech more real and it made it seem as though he is actually for the people of New York and wants to help the less fortunate as well as the wealthy. He wants every child to reach their god given potential, he wants to see the children of New York succeed. He knows that New Yorkers can handle change and it isn’t new to us at all, so he wants to change the city for the better and not settle for average but, go bigger and better.

On the contrary, Joe Lhota’s speech was also uplifting but, it was fairly vague as to what he is going to do for our fellow New Yorkers. He states several times that he wants the party and the city to come together and unite but, rarely does he say how he is going to do so. Joe was the first to go to college in his family (5:03) so he believes that opportunities come easy but, not in this day and age. Before opportunities came easier than today.  He says that this is the first step to continuing a strong future for New York and it is time to unify and prepare for victory in November. Unlike De Blasio, Lhota does not state what he is going to do for New Yorkers if he wins and he doesn’t state how he is going to help them.

Overall, I think Bill De Blasio should be mayor over Joe Lhota because he is more realistic and is going to not just help but, work with the people of New York. Also, I feel like Joe Lhota wants to win this election more for himself and the Republicans rather than for the people and the city of New York. One last issue I would like to address is De Blasio stating New York as “A tail of two cities”. He believes that one city is for the wealthy and one for the working class and he would like for the two to come together. On the other hand Lhota, doesn’t see the two different classes and he thinks of everybody as one.

NYC Mayoral Victory Speeches (Summary & Analysis)

Summaries:

Bill De Blasio starts off his victory speech in his hometown of Brooklyn, (Gowanus, Brooklyn to be exact). He first thanks everyone who has helped him through his campaign journey and he also thanks his family. He states every child’s opportunity is to reach their god given potential and what they achieve will change the policies that left behind so many of our own New Yorkers. He says big change isn’t easy but, thinking big to us New Yorkers isn’t anything new. Its at the foundation of who we are and where we’ve always been. We can’t and won’t settle for the existing state of affairs, we are going to go bigger. Also, luxury condos will not take over community hospitals under his oath as mayor.

Joe Lhota and his family are live from Midtown, Manhattan with his victory speech. He starts off by thanking his voters at home along with his friends throughout the campaign and his family. The first step if he becomes mayor will be to continue a strong future for our city. He wants the republican party to come together and unite for the common good. His goals are to fix the issues that matters to New Yorkers and how the mayor can best serve the people of the city. He has conducted his campaign with integrity, honesty and substance and now it is time to unify and prepare for victory in November.

Analysis:

I believe that Bill De Blasio’s speech was more in touch and for the New Yorkers. He stated more of how he is going to help the people of the city rather than stating things he wants to do for the city. His commemoration to 9/11 was touching and he showed empathy towards the people of New York by thanking them for everyone who helped during 9/11. (9:16) Also, by him talking about 9/11 it made his speech more real and it made it seem as though he is actually for the people of New York and wants to help the less fortunate as well as the wealthy. He wants every child to reach their god given potential, he wants to see the children of New York succeed. He knows that New Yorkers can handle change and it isn’t new to us at all, so he wants to change the city for the better and not settle for average but, go bigger and better.

On the contrary, Joe Lhota’s speech was also uplifting but, it was fairly vague as to what he is going to do for our fellow New Yorkers. He states several times that he wants the party and the city to come together and unite but, rarely does he say how he is going to do so. He says that this is the first step to continuing a strong future for New York and it is time to unify and prepare for victory in November. Unlike De Blasio, Lhota does not state what he is going to do for New Yorkers if he wins and he doesn’t state how he is going to help them.

Overall, I think Bill De Blasio should be mayor over Joe Lhota because he is more realistic and is going to not just help but, work with the people of New York. Also, I feel like Joe Lhota wants to win this election more for himself and the Republicans rather than for the people and the city of New York.

 

 

 

How Happy Are You? A Census Wants to Know

Residents of Somerville, Massachusetts were asked to rate their happiness on a scale from 1 to 10 in the city’s census. More than 7,500 people have mailed their surveys in, answering questions about the city and some aspects of their own personality. Some questions on the survey were “How satisfied are you with your life in general?” and “Taking everything into account, how satisfied are you with Somerville as a place to live?” Most people were pretty satisfied with their own lives and with the Somerville community. Somerville had a bad reputation, known for crime and was nicknamed “Slummerville”. but now as it gentrifies it is the perfect place to do a survey about the happiness of being in the community. Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone is trying to make Somerville more appealing to the residents of the community. Therefore, by asking how happy the residents are in Somerville, the officials of the community will know what to change about Somerville and how to serve the people in a more productive manner. They are all for the people and they want to help make Somerville the best it can be. By sending out this survey with more personality questions they will know exactly how to keep up the blossoming reputation of Somerville.

[Revision for Thur 9/12]

Residents of Somerville, Massachusetts were asked to rate their happiness on a scale from 1 to 10 in the city’s census. More than 7,500 people have mailed their surveys in, answering questions about the city and some aspects of their own personality. Some of the questions being asked on the survey were “How satisfied are you with your life in general?, Taking everything into account, how satisfied are you with Somerville as a place to live?, When making decisions, are you more likely to seek advice or decide for yourself?, In general, how similar are you to other people you know?” and so on. Somerville was known for crime but, now as it gentrifies it is becoming a better place. Therefore, by asking how happy the residents are in Somerville, the officials of the community will know what to change about Somerville and how to serve the people in a more productive manner. By sending out this survey with more personality questions the Somerville officials will know exactly how to keep the people of the community happy.

[Reflection]

I changed my summary because I felt like I was paraphrasing it, rather than summarizing it. I learned the difference of summarizing and paraphrasing today and once I knew exactly what both things really meant I knew I was doing it all wrong. I went through the article rephrasing every two lines instead of summarizing the article as a whole. That was my main reason for changing around my summary, now it feels more like a summary. Also, the length of my summary wasn’t too long , nor was it too short, so I didn’t have to change the length too much.

Happiness… What’s that?

The definition of happiness is the state of being happy. But what is the state of being happy?

To me being happy means, doing what makes you feel good as a person. Doing what you want to do and what you feel is right. What makes me happy is playing volleyball and being on the court. Volleyball is probably my one and only talent and it makes me feel good to play. Also, just living life and being with my family and the people that love me makes me happy.

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[Revised]

I said before that happiness means being with your family and friends. But in reality, friends will take you and not bring you back and honestly in my opinion family is the same. Family are just friends with a higher title. Therefore, family and friends do not make me happy. I don’t exactly know what makes me happy. I don’t know what specifically in life makes me happy. But if I could choose off the top of my head what I think makes me happy, it would probably be volleyball and just being alive and waking up to see another day. Volleyball is probably the one thing that keeps me going when I’m bored or when I don’t want to do anything else. Whether its on a court in a serious game or if its just me playing around in front my house, the game itself keeps me going. Also, waking up to see another day is a blessing with all the crime and violence going on in todays world.

And there you have it, what makes me happy and what happiness means to me in a nutshell.

A few words about Reiana A.

Hi, my name is Reiana Amarsingh and I’m 17 years old. This is my first year in college, therefore, I am a freshman. My major is human services and I want to become a social worker. I love watching TV shows such as Pretty Little Liars, Twisted and The Fosters. I also love playing volleyball. I was the captain of the Girls Varsity Volleyball team in my high school for 3 years. During summer break, I went to Canada with my family and went to six flags and Seaside Heights with my friends.

What I enjoy about writing is really getting into a topic that I’m passionate about. I think my weaknesses in writing are elaborating on specific subjects. Happiness to me, means enjoying yourself and doing what you want to do, basically living your life and no one else’s. What I hope to learn in this course is what makes other people happy and how other people interact with each other.